The National Park Service Turns 100

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson originally signed it into existence back in 1916. Over 307.2 million people visited sites within the park system just last year alone—a number that proves to go up in popularity every year. People are realizing how spectacular the different national parks and monuments are, and there’s plenty to see and explore. Did you know that the national park system includes a total of 410 sites on more than 84 million acres? These sites include, but aren’t limited to 128 historical parks & sites, 59 national parks; 81 national monuments; and 25 battlefields & military parks. 

The best way to celebrate this important part of history is to go out and explore a park nearest you. The great Smoky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and others are the most popular national parks to visit. There’s a place waiting for you to explore. Now is the time to see things like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, buffalo and other great wildlife, important sites and national monuments. This infographic explores the importance of the National Park Service and more. It’s worth checking out!

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